Tahir will be the key for Proteas: Srikkanth

March 23, 2015 02:02 PM

It’s hard to fathom that a leg spinner from South Africa holds the key to a World Cup semifinal. Sometimes when an attack is pace oriented, it’s only natural not to pay attention to their spinners and Sri Lanka were forced to learn their lessons the hard way.

The first semi-final could be decided by how well New Zealand handles Imran Tahir. The leggie has shown tremendous control, and for a team that usually doesn’t play leg spinners well, Tahir could prove a handful. 

New Zealand have everything going for them at the moment including home advantage, but I would still like to place my rupee on South Africa.

New Zealand’s batting has not really been tested, and the one time they were, even a target of 150 plus against Australia appeared Herculean. 

South Africa possess a potent combination and it will not be easy for the hosts. To get on top of this attack will be a stern test, and New Zealand might have to abandon a bit of their aggressive brand to succeed. How well they fare against the new ball will be another pivotal point in the game.     

Having overcome their knockout blues, the South Africans are playing with renewed vigour. Their body language is a refreshing change and it is clear that each player is meaning business. 

The energy levels are good and the seniors in AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn have understood what a fantastic opportunity it is for them to script something special.

Both the semi-finals look extremely keen contests on paper. It is never easy to pick a clear winner at this stage of the tournament. One aspect is assured of, the team that holds their nerve better stands a better chance.

Source: PMG
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